This was fiddly to do, but the illusion is fun!
First a corner was cut out where two fabrics overlapped. The bit that was cut away became a template for cutting the replacement fabric.
|Corner cut away from green fabric where green and white "overlap"|
Replace the cutaway with a third fabric, and voila...transparency!
|Corner replaced with third fabric.|
Repeat the process several times over, and . . . did I mention it was tedious?
The problem may have been my attitude. (gasp!)
My patience was wearing thin.
This was the fourth-last exercise on the list, and I just wanted to hurry up and be done!
Only three more exercises to go!!!
Colours From Nature Exercise, x 2
Eyeball the proportion of colour as found in a subject (ignore the background), and then represent it in fabric on a 3" x 5" card.
I've done similar colour studies on my own, using magazine pages. They are saved in a sketchbook, and make a great reference tool when seeking colour schemes that work. I was glad to have it when I needed help with an Ugly Fabric Challenge. Boy, was I glad!
Back to the task at hand.
First subject requirement: a flower.
Not a problem finding fabric in my stash for sunflowers!
This exercise has brought to my attention a few deficiencies in my stash. There is a dearth of grays, and a limited palette of browns. Lots of critters have one or the other. The trick was to find a photo that could be represented by my stash. The swatch is not as nuanced as it could be (e.g. I don't have a greenish gray to represent the shadow under Fido's chin, nor is his soft gray mouth represented), but it will do.
Oh, who am I kidding? You and I both know that shopping to fill in the gaps is gonna happen!!! There is still a bit of room in my fat quarter drawers . . .
Can you believe it??? Finally . . . THE LAST EXERCISE!!!
"Get Your Focal Point In Shape"
The idea was to impose a geometric shape on a focal point to render it more eye-catching. I chose to use a rectangle of the same proportion as the page, but set in the opposite orientation.
|Focal point exercise.|
|Focal point exercise.|
In case you are just tuning in, I'm working toward becoming a CQA Certified Quilt Judge. The exercises I've been sharing since the end of January are part of the advance work necessary before attending the first class in June.
Yes. You read that right.
There is also required reading, journaling, self-directed research, and preparation of professional documents such as a resume/CV, short bio, full biography, portfolio of my work, and a head shot.
I'm almost ready. Good thing, because the deadline is May 18th!
I'm happily linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes to say, "Mission accomplished!"
(Here is my goal setting post from the beginning of April).
Try, Learn, Grow!
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